163 Tasting Notes

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Tried this cold steeped for about 16 hrs in the fridge. Yummy! I already knew I love it hot, but since I’ve had good luck in the past with cold-steeping another similar tea, I thought I’d give it a try. 4gm/14 oz water.

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drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
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Forgot to review this before, so now I’ve had this delicious Chinese Yunnan black several times. This is outstanding! This is a dreary, damp, grey day in Atlanta, and the perfect day to sip tea. (As is every day!) As others have pointed out, the dry leaves are very pretty with their golden and dark curls. In fact,when I first opened the package, just by the appearance, I had an idea I would like it very much. I can both taste and smell floral notes, and yes, it is rich and smooth with just the right amount of maltiness and sweetness. I have experimented with it, and found it to be very forgiving. I’ve brewed 1 tsp./8 oz for 5 minutes, as well as 2 tsp/8 oz for 3 minutes and gotten great results both times. It takes a second steeping well too. Even with a longer steep time, I didn’t get bitterness or astringency. I love good blacks, and this one is high on my list. Glad I’ve got a little left, but it will be time to re-order soon! And I like so many Butiki teas-it will be hard to narrow it down!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

This is also on my re-order list from Butiki!

Donna A

Terri, I just got a box from Butiki today, and already tempted to order other things, including more of the Zhen Qu, which I’ve used up already. Butiki has SO MANY things I like!

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drank Creamy Eggnog by Butiki Teas
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This excellent Butiki blend has already been described quite eloquently by others and I agree with the positive reviews. Though black teas are my favorite, I really really enjoy this well balanced flavored green tea, enough to reorder it. I’m not sure I immediately think Eggnog when I taste it, but creamy, buttery, custardy? Yes. The second steep is quite tasty also. I especially enjoy Creamy Eggnog in the evening with a little Stevia. Very relaxing.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I ordered a sample of this and several other H&S teas-I appreciate that they offer sample sizes. As expected, this Single Estate Assam has dark leaves and many golden tips. To me, it is mild, but not without flavor. Sweet, smooth, and easy to drink with the characteristic malty notes of a good Assam. The H&S description says it is strong-I wouldn’t describe it that way. I used 2 gm at boiling, for 4 1/2 minutes and got a second steeping. Worth trying if you like Assams. The reason I didn’t rate it yet is not because I didn’t like it, but I’d like to try it a few more times first. It seems the more teas I try, the harder it is to put a number on it!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Cranberry Chai by Teajo Teas
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I re-visited this a few days ago. I decided to do something I hadn’t done previously with this chai. I simmered it on the stove in milk for 10 minutes, then strained it. I liked it a lot this way, enough to re-order it. The cranberry added something a little extra, but it was still like a chai. The last time I made this tea, I steeped it, then added milk, but thought the flavor was too muted by the milk. Surprisingly, Cranberry Chai also makes a good iced tea, without milk. At the moment, Teajo is having a sale, so its a good time to try it. I like their Classic Chai as well.

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See my previous note and Ashmanra’s comment. At her suggestion, I brewed this Western style using 2 generous tsp in 8 oz boiling water, just under 4 minutes. This is how I’ll make it in the future, as there is a lot more flavor and no bitterness or astringency. This is still at the milder end of the black tea flavor spectrum, with some subtle maltiness and sweet potato notes. A very enjoyable cup of tea, nice sweet flavor, and I even got a second steep. I’m glad Teavivre was generous with the samples so that I could experiment a little! (Thanks Ashmanra :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec
ashmanra

You are welcome! :)

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89

I agree with some other reviewers, that this is very delicate and light considering its a black tea. I would say its more subtle, and not at all aggressive-a relaxing tea that would be nice in the afternoon. I was pretty generous with the leaf, using 3.5 gms/8 oz water, brewing for 2 minutes, with a 2nd steep for 3 minutes. I have others that I prefer from Teavivre, such as Yun Nan Dian Hong Gold Tip or Bailin Gongfu, I think because I prefer something a little stronger, but this is still very nice, especially for those who prefer a milder tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Don’t know if this will work, but I noticed that Asians typically drink their black tea mild. Try steeping it western style and you may find that you have an amazing cup you can’t do without! Go boiling with four scant minutes to start and see what happens! :)

Donna A

Thanks for the suggestion Ashmanra. I’ll try that. I have learned with other black teas that some minor adjustments can make all the difference!

Donna A

Update. Ashmanra, I tried your suggesion and went with boiling and 4 scant minutes (using 2 generous tsp in 8 oz water), and that has been my favorite cup! No bitterness or astringency, but a lot more flavor.

ashmanra

Hooray! I am glad it worked for you! :)

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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I found my favorite way to have this tea. I cold-brewed 4 gms in 12 oz water for about 10 hrs, and all I can say is yum, just yum! I really picked up on the chocolate notes. I’m sorry that I can’t describe it more effectively. Previously, when I had it hot, I preferred it Gong fu style over Western, but I’ve found the flavor to be much richer and more satisfying cold-brewed. Plus, there is no astringency or bitterness. As a result, I’ll bump up the rating. I already have another one steeping for tomorrow!

Sil

neat. for some reason brewing black tea cold never seems to be something i do. I’ll have to give this a shot.

Donna A

Sil, I don’t think I ever have cold-brewed an unflavored black, but since Verdant put the instructions on the package, I thought I’d give it a shot, since this tea for me did not have the “wow” factor brewed hot, that it did for other reviewers. I liked it ok when brewed Gongfu style, but found myself going back to others like Golden Fleece more. So I’m really glad I tried it this way.

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Thanks to a sample from Stacy at Butiki, I am getting to try one of the top Chinese green teas, and it delivers! Stacy’s description on the website is on target. When steeped, it produces a clear, very pale yellow liquor with a sweetly floral scent. The flavor is delicate and has a mildly nutty and maybe slightly buttery element. This is a clean and refreshing tea without any astringency. I really like it. Now, I’m going to have some of that Butiki Creamy Eggnog tea, which uses this as a base.

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This is a new favorite for me in the Darjeeling group. The dry leaf is surprising with its greenish overall appearance and chunky silver tips. I’m not certain if its a 1st or 2nd flush. Its flavor is delicate and complex with a nice honey sweetness and hints of citrus blossoms. There is no astringency or bitterness. The brew is pale gold with a sweet floral aroma. Excellent!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Butiki Teas

So glad you are enjoying this one! This is a first flush. I can’t believe I forgot to add that to the description.

Donna A

I thought it might be a 1st flush, because it was so green, whereas the second flush would have more brown, according to what I’ve read.

Butiki Teas

Donna, 1st flushes do tend to be more lighter and also more floral.

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Tea became a passion for me a year or so ago. I fell into it almost by accident, but now I would say it has captured me. Tea is more than something tasty to sip on, it is an experience-it helps create a mood and is quite interesting to read about and study. I discovered loose tea at the tea store at my mall. I was looking for alternatives to Coke Zero and white wine. Say what you will about that mall chain, but I’m sure it has raised awareness about tea where I live, in the land of bagged mass produced black tea prepared with lots of sugar, Atlanta, Georgia. That’s what happened with me, and then I started perusing the internet and found Steepster.

When I take on an interest or a hobby, I go into it full force and become a little obsessive about it in the beginning. I have always been adventurous when it comes to trying new foods, and once I discovered there was so much more out there than the Lipton tea I saw my mom drinking when I was growing up, I started trying many different varieties of loose tea. I have discovered I like all kinds of tea. I I veer a lot toward straight teas, especially blacks, but occasionally drink flavored also, especially Earl Grey. I like flavored Matcha lattes too. I’ve completely given up diet cola, which was becoming too much of a habit. I think tea is a lot healthier. When I rate a tea, it’s just my personal taste, so I don’t tend to post on things I don’t care for. Also, I tend to sweeten my tea with natural stevia (a no no for some!) I am a married Registered Nurse, with two kids in college and one in medical school. My husband is not hooked like I am, but he often enjoys a cup with me. I enjoy many other interests, including reading, gardening, and the arts. I’ve taken up hiking in the past year too. Anytime I can include tea in these pursuits, I do! It has become a bit of an obsession for me.

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